Help! Extremely Broody Silkie!

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  1. Aspen Anderson

    Aspen Anderson Chirping

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    (I hope I'm posting this in the right location.)

    I always wanted a silkie. They're so cute and fluffy and cuddly and sweet and TOO GOSH DARN BROODY!!!! :thI have already searched up articles on how to stop broody behavior, but none of them are seeming to work for several reasons:

    1) Remove eggs: We check for eggs daily. There was a time when she was hiding her eggs, but this was before she went this broody (she simply laid them in the wrong spot). I now make sure to check all over for eggs. Not only that, but she will brood on literally nothing. She just wants to sit.

    2) Constantly removing hen from nesting boxes: Firstly, I do this whenever I see her. All that happens is her getting frustrated and she can concentrate on nothing but getting back to the hen house. Secondly, my whole family either works or goes to school, so we can't always be out there with her, removing her from the hen house.

    3) Closing/removing nests: I have tried this. I did everything I could to remove and block off all nesting possibilities. She still is insistent on sitting wherever. She'll even brood on a bar!

    4) Ice: It's recommended to do this in warm weather, but I live in stubborn old Utah where winter refuses to go away. It's warming up slowly, but I haven't had the chance to do this. I don't know when it'll be warm enough and I don't know if I can afford to wait that long.

    5) Solitary confinement/"Chicken prison": There are so many reasons why I don't want to do this. The main reason being I only have 2 bantams, both of which have been banished - for lack of a better word - from the regular hens (long story) and need to be separated. Therefore, if I removed my silkie, the other bantam would be all alone. If this is my only option, I could try to work something out, but I'd rather it not come to this.

    Does anyone have any other options that might work?? I'm desperate. She's my favorite chicken, and she's not been acting like herself due to this broodiness. :( It's also affecting our other bantam, who is so attached to my silkie that she'll stand and watch my silkie brood, waiting for her to be done (which she never is).
     
  2. Windus

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    I had to laugh as I have a broody silkie too. I just gave up, she is obviously born to brood so I just let her be her.
     
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  3. BoyTheRooster

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    Honestly, if you can't do "chicken jail", and you've tried everything else, you might be a bit stuck
    You could keep her chicken jail (like a dog or cat crate) inside the coop so the other bantam could still talk to her? And jail is only for a few days anyway

    Or if you have the space for more chickens, just let her hatch some
     
  4. redranger209

    redranger209 Crowing

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    The best solution is to get her some eggs and let her brood. I have a cochin bantam who is the same way. She’s the most stubborn bird I’ve ever seen. She’s relentless until she gets a chick! :)
     
  5. Aspen Anderson

    Aspen Anderson Chirping

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    I don't have a rooster, but I have thought about getting her a chick or two from our local store. Would that be a good or bad idea?

    Although I might try your "chicken jail" inside the coop idea. I honestly hadn't thought of that and it's a great idea! Thanks for the help.
     
  6. Aspen Anderson

    Aspen Anderson Chirping

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    Haha! I heard cochins were pretty broody, too. They're super adorable, though!
    I had thought of the idea of maybe getting her some chicks. Maybe that would satisfy her broodiness? I have no idea if that'd work, though.
     
  7. redranger209

    redranger209 Crowing

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    That would be a great idea. My Cochin has an adopted silkie, and I’m not planning on telling either of them!
     

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  8. Aspen Anderson

    Aspen Anderson Chirping

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    Gotta love silkies, right? :gig
     
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  9. redranger209

    redranger209 Crowing

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    I swear it’s like she hatched it herself!
     
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  10. redranger209

    redranger209 Crowing

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    Yep!
     

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